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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - May 23, 1949, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME MASON CITY GLOBEGAZETTE THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES VOL LV United Prets Pu HOME EDITION nnnn I Five Cents a Copy One Mans Opinion A Radio Commentary By W EARL HALL Managing Editor A Farm Program Yes But What Kind TjWEN among those who have J only an indirect or academic interest in agriculture there is recognition that for the good of our country there should be a well thought out program for our farming industry But when it comes to translat ing that all but universal recog nition of the need into a specific plan of action with provisions spelled out in detail you find yourself in a situation not unlike a hornets nest Roughly the field can be di vided into these 3 camps Those who favor the Brannan plan those who favor the Aiken plan and those who dont like either plan And perhaps the lastnamed are in the majority Would Replace Aiken Plan The plan bearing the name of the secretary of agriculture was cooked up by Mr Brannan and his former Colorado neighbor James Patton head of the Farm ers Union along with some sug gestive help from certain of the administrations economic advis ers It has the enthusiastic approv al of the CIO If adopted it would take the place of the Aiken bill named af ter its sponsor Senator Aiken of Vermont The Aiken bill is sched uled to become operative next year With its flexible support provision ranging from 60 to 90 per cent of parity it has the back ing of the Farm Bureau When the Brannan plan was first laid before the congression al committee it was essentially different in concept and in meth od from the Aiken plan But in the give and take procedure which is a mark of democratic government it has been consid erably watered down The Fundamental Difference Whereas under the Aiken bill the government obligates itself not to let certain specified key coinmodities fall below a certain price the Brannan plan proposes to let nature take its course with no floor on prices so iar as the consuming public is concerned this is the important point between the two the price drops below a specified figure the pro ducer is to be given the differ enceout of the federal treasury That means out of funds built up by taxation How important this difference is depends on whom you talk to Tax Support Either Way Proponents of the Brannan plan contend that its preferable to the Aiken plan from the standpoint of both the farmer and the con sumer Under either plan there will have to be tax support from the public this is the point stressed by the Brannanites in the case of the administrations plan the consumers contribution in taxes will be offset by the ad vantage accruing to him in low er prices on the commodities which he buys at his food store A point is also made out of the fact that under the new plan food isnt tucked away in stor age bins that it lets growers grow and eaters eat Opposed by Farm Bureau Opposition to the Brannan plan s being spearheaded by the Farm Bureau with heated criticism leveled at both the philosophy behind it and at what is claimed to be a basic unworkability The Grange is of the same mind Spokesmen for the Farm Bu reau have charged that it will put a ceiling on opportunity in ag ricylture 5ead to government supervised and stabilized agricu7 tural poverty establish a prin ciple that taxpayers should pay a considerable portion of the grocery bill of consumers The income of American farm ers the Farm Bureaus national president has pointed out should not be made dependent upon an nual appropriations from the federal treasury No economic group in this country would be willing to stake its future on such a precarious possibility Public Backing Essential In this contention as in its ad vocacy of flexible price supports for agricultural commodities the Farm Bureau is proceeding from what strikes me as being a fun damentally sound premise Its this Ultimately any program of price supports for agriculture must have the blessing of the consum ing public If that consuming pub has reasons to believe that it is being taxed inordinately for the benefit of the farm industry it will rebel It goes without saying that such a rebellion by the consuming pub lic could have only one effect namely the death or the damag ing emasculation of the farm pro gram believed to be inimical to public wellbeing A Favored Industry There are some of course who object to any and all federal farm Aiken plan no less than the Brannan the theory that such a program tingles out one industry for a guaranteed annual income From CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MASON CITY IOWA MONDAY MAY 23 1949 MRS FORRESTAL ARRIVES IN James V Forrestal arrives at Washington National air port from Paris Monday after receiving news of her hus bands death Brig Gen Robert B Landry presidential air aide is following her down the ramp Naval Board to Make Inquiry Into James Forrestal Suicide Washington De1 fense Secretary James Forrestal committed suicide Sunday plung ing from a high hospital window A naval board of inquiry was ordered Monday to inquire into the suicide In his room he left a book of Greek poetry a page opened to a quotation saying when reasons day sets rayless joyless quenched in cold decay better to die and sleep The 57year old Forrestal was found dead on a 3rdfloor ledge below the 16th floor window from which he had dropped at nearby naval hospital in suburban Bethes da Md A cord from a bathrobe was found knotted tightly about the neck He was dressed in a dressing gown with the sash from the gown wrapped around his neck The noise from the falling body was heard by a nurse on 7th floor and immediate ly reported The body was found on the roof of the passageway of the 3rd floor He was wearing a wrist watch which was still running Was Reading Book He was recently believed im proving was allowed visitors by his own request and free use of the telephone The book An An thology of World Poetry was ly ing on the radiator beside his bed andhad been opened to the poem Chorus from Ajax dealing with death and the grave President Truman was inex pressibly shocked and grieved when told of the death of his former high ranking cabinet of ficer He said this able and de voted public servant was as truly a casualty of the war as if he died on the firing line Forrestal was admitted to the hospital April 2 in a state of ex cessive fatigue and suffering ner vous exhaustion This was only 5 days after he left the defense sec retarys post Lately he was reported steadily improving He had gained weight and had seen visitors President Truman dropped in May 6 and chatted with him the white house said Doctor Nearby When he arrived Forrestal was assigned what normally was a double room in the tower of the skyscraper building However the room had been converted into a suite An orderly or doctor cus tomarily was on duty and at the time of the suicide a doctor was in the next room authorities said The large windows in For restals room were enclosed with heavy wire screening locked down Across a corridor is a diet kitchen From the official statement and from subsequent comment by Rear Admiral Leslie Stone com mandant of the hospital this is what appears to have happened Forrestal earlier in the eve ning had declined to take his usual sedative At a moment when no one was present he left his room using a door opening directly onto the corridor and avoiding the exit through the 2nd room of the suite where the doctor was located Had Been Fatigued He crossed the corridor to the diet kitchen removed the cord of his bathrobe and knotted it tightly about his throat It was unclear immediately whether he may have contemplated attach ing the cord to a radiator and then leaping from the window to hang whether he ac tually did tie it only to have it jerk loose Nor could it be de termined before autopsy whether any degree of strangulation oc curred before his body plum meted down tothe narrow offset at the 3rd floor Military funeral services will be held in Arlington national ceme tery Wednesday This Paper Consists of Two One No Defense Rests in Rutledge Murder Trial Cedar Rapids defense rested at a in1 CST Mon day in the first degree murder trial of Dr Robert C Rutledge Jr 28 year old St Louis baby specialist The doctor was the 10th and last witness in his trial on charges of fatally stabbing Byron C Hatt man 29 alleged seducer of Rut ledges wite Sydney The state at once put Detective Capt Tom Condon of Cedar Rap ids on the stand as the first rebut tal witness The case is not ex pected to reach the jury until Wednesday or Thursday at the earliest A high point of Dr Rutledges testimony in his final session on the stand came when he balked at staging a 2nd demonstration of his fatal fight of last Dec 14 with a prosecutor impersonating his alleged victim Meantime the state brought out that Dr Rutledge had been mar ried belore and that he had been taking a sedative drug during part of the trial Inquiry Into Lilienthol Charge Seen Hickenlooper Asks for Resignation of AEC Commissioner Washington Mc Mahon DConn said Monday the joint congressional atomic en ergy committee will investigate charges raised against David E Lilienhtal by Senator Hickenloop er Hickenlooper Sunday issued a statement demanding Lilienthals resignation as chairman of the atomic energy commission Earlier Monday Senator Van denberg RMich had called for a complete inquiry McMahon made his announce ment to reporters after a closed door session which lasted nearly 4 hours The committee had heard from Dr Walter H Zinn head of the Argonne National Laboratory Chicago where a small amount of uranium was discovered missing last February McMahon declined to comment on Dr Zinns testimony But when asked for comment on Hicken loopers statement he said the committee had agreed to look into the charges He said the commit tee did not discuss the charges Monday I am extremely anxious Mc Mahon said to make a report to congress and the people of the facts of this situation and the con clusions which this committee will draw congressional committee al ready is looking into the atomic commissions operations Add Austria to Big 4 Agenda Paris The big 4 council of foreign ministers met Monday in an attempt to solve the problems of Germany and decided swiftly to add the Austrian question to their agenda The 4 ministers agreed on a 4 point agenda 1 Problems of German unity including economic and political principles and allied 4power control 2 Berlin including currency questions 3 Preparation of a peace treaty for Germany 4 Preparation of an Austrian independence treaty Secretary of State Dean Acheson of the United States Foreign Sec retary Ernest Bevin of Britain Foreign Minister Robert Schuman of France and Foreign Minister Andrei Y Vishinsky of Russia as sembled in the flagfestooned pink marble palace at 3 minutes before 4 p m a m AutoTrain Crash at N Northwood Kills Six Good Watchdog London said Monday that Earl Beattys Scotch whisky had more bite in it than a bevy of watchdogs When 3 burglars broke into the Earls manor at Astrop Park Northamptonshire they found the earls Scotch supply As a result they tried to open a large safe with a silver spoon and shouted at each other bringing the police on the scene before the burglary could be finished Want Farmers to Keep Part of Last Years Corn Crop Washington agricul ture department hopes to get farmers to hold onto several hun dred million bushels of last years pricesupported corn crop instead of delivering it to the government this fall Farmers who put 1948crop corn under price support will be of fered a storage payment probably 10 cents a bushel to hold the corn another year department officials said Monday The plan is the same system used to handle prewar surpluses It is designed to 1 Provide farmstored reserves to meet future meat production needs in event of a short corn crop in the future 2 Relieve the headache the gov ernment would have in finding a place to put all the corn that otherwise might be dumped into its lap Corn stocks now are at an all time high for this time of year as a result of last years record smashing crop Agriculture of ficials arent concerned about a surplus yet They say its in the national interest to have a sizeable icserve They cite the short crop of 1947 as a major cause for the record high meat prices thatcame later An estimated 700000000 bushels of last years 3650000000 bushel crop is expected to be on hand when the new crop comes in next October As of March 31 there were 295000000 bushels under price support protection By the June 30 deadline officials believe the total under price support will hit 500000000 bushels This is corn pledged to the gov ernment as collateral for price support loans or corn which the government has agreed to buy at the support price The loans al ways are made at the support price The farmer doesnt have to pay off the loan He can let the government have the corn GM Announces Price Slashes Detroit General Motors corporation Monday announced a to reduction in the prices of all its passenger cars and trucks effective immediately The price reductions were GMs 2nd in all lines of passenger cars in the last 3 months On Feb 25 the company reduced passenger car prices to and trimmed truck prices downward by as much as in some lines SLEEPING SICKNESS FATAL DCS Moines Rae Wee 19 Des Moines died at a DCS Moines hospital Saturday of sleeping sickness after a 5week illness Miss Wee was a junior at the University of Iowa She was born in Estherville Weather Report FORECAST Mason and cooler Monday night with low 34 to 38 Scattered light frost in exposed places Tuesday partly cloudy and cool with high mid50s Iowa Clearing and cooler Monday night partly cloudy little change in temperature Low Monday night 3540 north 4045 south Minnesota Partly cloudy and cooler Monday night with some light snow extreme northeast Frost or freezing temperatures most of remainder of state Gen erally fair and quite cool Tues day IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather for the 24 hours ending at 8 a m Mon day Maximum 69 Minimum 54 At 8 a m Monday 57 Precipitation Trace YEAR AGO Maximum 86 Minimum 52 GlobeGazette weather for the 24 hours ending at 8 am Sunday Maximum 57 Minimum 48 YEAR AGO Maximum Minimum 79 44 jiTiTixr Northwood Anchor Photos demolished 1934 Chevrolet is the one in which the Marvin Holstad family of 5 was riding when they and Diane Leidal 4 who lived with them were instantly killed Sunday morning as the auto was struck by a Rock Island passenger train Parts of the auto were thrown more than 1000 feet But the main wreckage seen here is about 160 feet from the point of impact Photo below shows bodies of 3 of the dead persons thrown out of the car and just beyond the main wreckage The acci dent occurred 3 miles north of Northwood Order Cut in Marshall Plan Expense Washington house ap propriations committee Monday ordered a 15 per cent cut in Mar shall plan spending for the year starting July 1 Overriding a subcommittee rec ommendation the full committee voted 22 to 19 to cut from the President Truman had asked for the Euro pean recovery programs 2nd year of operations The full asked for aid to Greece and Turkey was ap proved by the committee as was a fund of sought for Marshall plan operations for the AprilJune quarter of this year The overall amount recommend ed for all operations in the bill was The president had asked BEAT RAJN Wisborouffh Green Eng The bishop of Chichester led the congregation of this village to the banks of the river Arun and of fered prayers for rain to end the drought Then he hustled the pa rishioners back inside the village church Just in time to beat the rain SAME Black flat in ENTIRE FAMILY KILLED Mr and Marvin Holstad above and their 3 children left to right below Maiilyn 4 Donovan and Montie Lou 3 were killed instantly in a cartrain crash 3 miles north of Northwood Sunday Also killed was Diane Leidal 4 who lived with the family The Holstads were enroute to church when struck by a fast passenger train It was the worst toll in an accident in North Iowa since the school bus tragedy in Mason City in October 1937 Services to Be Held on Tuesday AutoRailDeath Toll Rises to 12 for North Iowa in 11Year Period u n e r a 1 services will be held at Deer Creek Valley Lutheran church northeast of herq Tuesday at 2 p m for the 6 vic tims of a Sunday morning auto train crash which took the lives of the entire Marvin Holstad family and Diane Leidal 4 who lived with them The dead are Marvin Holstad 27 Mrs Holstad 26 Marilyn Holstad 4 Montie Lou Holstad 3 Donovan Holstad li Diane Leidal 4 The accident occurred at a m on a graveled crossing 3 miles north of here and one mile south of the Minnesota line Tha car in which all 6 persons were riding was going east when struck by a fast northbound passenger train The 6 were killed instantly The Rev Christian Notsund pastor said the family was enroute to Sunday services at the Deer Creek Valley church 6 miles east of the scene at the time It brought to 12 the number of persons who have been killed in 4 trainauto accidents in this vi cinity in the last 1i years The Leidal girl daughter of Milford Leidal who farms near the Holstads has been living with the family since her mother died 2 years ago The 2 families are related The crash took the highest toll of any accident in North Iowa since Oct 23 193T TlfatVaS when 10 school children from Remvlek were killed and 19 injured when their schoolbus was hit by a Rock et train as the bus was departing from a Mason City brickyard No Reason Found No reason for the crash Sunday could be found by Sheriff Ancel Conner of Northwood and high way patrolmen who arrived on the scene shortly after the tragedy oc curred Persons in the vicinity said that a circus had passed by on highway 65 which parallels the track about 50 feet distant and that this might have distracted the motorists Death was ruled accidental by at coroners jury Monday morning Conducting the investigation with Coroner Robert Bride of Manly were Sheriff Conner R W Halm of the highway patrol and Larry Plummer Worth county attorney There were no eye witnesses found The train was the north bound Rock Island No 16 which had made its last stop at Manly It stops on week days to dis charge passengers and mail at Northwood but makes no stop here on Sunday It and a Minneapolis and St Louis passenger behind it were held up for more than an hour while the wreckage was cleared Sounded Whistle Engineer the train was George Duncan of Manly Fireman Obert Arendts Manly said Duncan sounded his whistle at the cross ing but the car continued into the trains path The auto was hit In the middle and parts of it thrown 1000 feet from the scene The main wreck age was 162 feet from the crossing and bodies of the victims were nearby The motor and radiator were scattered 225 feet away in what many spectators said was the worst mangle they had ever viewed Holstad had farmed 3 miles north and 4 miles west of here since marriage Mrs Holstad was the former Fern Leidal of North wood Holstad is survived by his par ents Mr and Mrs Ben Holstad of near Northwood 7 sisters Mrs Roy Gordon Carpenter Mrs Leon Sanderson Glenville Mrs Curtis Leidal and Mrs Gerhard Stumo Northwood Mrs Jewell Thomp son Myrtle Mrs Max Patterson Lyle and Mrs Stanley Hegan Minneapolis and 2 brothers Irv ing Holatad Austin and Eldon Holstad Northwood Mrs Hol stad is survived by her parents Mr and Mrs Maurice Leidal and 2 brothers Wayne and Milford Leidal all of Northwood 3 Other Fatal Six persons have met death at 3 other crossings in thii vicinity since early 1948 In each case crossings were unobstructed On Jan 10 1946 Clifford Lund berg 62 and Albert Jarothek 47 were killed as a southbound Rock et hit their car at the 2nd North crossing in town William Showers of Grafton fatally injured at the Central ave nue crossing on Feb 16 IMt and laxt Dec 3 at a graveled crossing J ;